KW Knitters’ Fair

I had a great time at the Kitchener-Waterloo Knitters’ Guild’s Knitters’ Fair this past weekend. I ended up helping out on the door for the first couple of hours – something about the fire marshal insisting that more volunteers were needed. It was like a great party & I even saw a few familiar folks.

Now that I’m back home I realize what a poor job I did at taking pictures. I wandered around and took a couple of shots at the beginning of the crowd and a lamp:

That’s it. Sad, no? Luckily the folks over at Knitty were on the ball and you can check their blog post to see what all the fuss is about.

In addition to the lack of photos, I ended up coming back with only one additional skein of yarn. The fact that I had recently been to Twist was a factor, I’m sure. Some of the same vendors were there. But I kept noticing a nice skein of yarn, then realizing that I already had a few siblings in other colours in my stash. In the end I took home this juicy Madelinetosh tosh lace in citrus:

Another reason I may have been distracted at the fair was the thoughts of my upcoming talk for my local guild, the Ottawa Knitting Guild. That happened last night. It turns out that I need a whole huge Rubbermaid bin to lug my sample items around. Also if I want to properly label everything I need to allot more than one hour to do so.

The talk was well received, at least from what I’ve heard ;) I spoke about my design process, focusing on inspiration, transformation & publication. My trusty new laptop worked brilliantly & my slideshow showed me the notes I needed to keep on topic. I’m glad I had the opportunity to do this as it made me recognize some of my design preferences and ways of working that weren’t entirely clear to me before. The fact that I rambled on for 40 minutes means that I’m past my fear of public speaking. I wish I could go back and tell my grade 4 self that I’d get better at speaking!

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3 Responses to KW Knitters’ Fair

  1. Cookie says:

    I’m so glad the talk went well. Although, I knew it would. Maybe next time you can get a sherpa to help you with the samples. ;^)

  2. fiona says:

    I wish I could have made it to your talk last night but I had a bad migraine and just couldn’t make it. However I heard from others that it was very good and highly educational. So definitely well received!

  3. Amanda says:

    Natalie, I meant to tell you that your presentation at the guild was great. I really enjoyed hearing about your design process and getting to see all your samples up close. Those shawls are so gorgeous! I think Lavender Fields is my favourite so far…